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16-Year-Old Garin Posts First ATP World Tour Win

Vina del Mar, Chile

Garin© Jim Rydell/VTR OpenSixteen-year-old Christian Garin of Chile won his first ATP World Tour match.

World No. 920 Christian Garin scored his first ATP World Tour win on Tuesday, beating Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar. The Chilean 16 year old, on his tour-level debut, saved the only two break points he faced during the 84-minute match.

Santiago-born Garin, who practised with Rafael Nadal on Friday, is the fifth player aged 16-under to win an ATP World Tour match since 2000, following in the footsteps of Bernard Tomic, Richard Gasquet, Ryan Harrison and Nadal. He goes onto face French third seed Jeremy Chardy, who had a first-round bye.

Eighth seed Carlos Berlocq cruised past Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1, saving all four break points he faced on serve. The 30-year-old Argentine is currently No. 81 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, five places behind Kuznetsov, but lifted his FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over the 21 year old to 2-0.

Berlocq will face off against Santiago Giraldo in the second round. The duo have split the spoils of their two previous meetings, though the Colombian won their only previous encounter on clay.

Former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo won the battle of the Spaniards, ousting Pere Riba 6-2, 6-2 in 81 minutes. The 30 year old won 96 per cent of points on his first serve and never faced a break point.

Their countryman Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo fell to Frenchman Guillaume Rufin 6-3, 6-4 in the pair's first meeting. The 22-year-old Rufin, ranked two places below his opponent at World No. 93, saved all three break points and made 71 per cent of his first serves.

He will battle second seed Juan Monaco in the next round, following the World No. 15's first-round bye. The 28-year-old Argentine leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head record 1-0, after winning their first-round clash at Roland Garros last year in four sets.

Another Spaniard, Albert Montanes, posted his second victory in six meetings against Nicolas Massu, winning 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 in almost three hours.The 32 year-old veteran served eight aces and saved four of six break points.

 

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